Flags of Valor
Wooden American Flags crafted by Combat Veterans.
Brian Steorts' veteran group launched Flags of Valor to bring jobs to ex-military. It's turning them into real woodworking craftsmen, too.
Steorts was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. As he recuperated from combat injuries, he decided to move into woodworking, with something that became an obsession. He was also motivated to produced something "Made in America." Steorts says veterans who come to work at Flags of Valor develop deep skills in wood craft and finishing.
The flags are classic styles of U.S. flag rendered in antiqued paid and carved or on pine boards layed up into panels. Here's how Steorts describes the process of producing the flags:
Every flag begins its journey as raw wood specifically sourced from southern pine forests. Our artists hand select each plank for its grain, knots, and natural characteristics, then assemble into a blank canvas. Once the reverse is stained, they transition to the fine detail work of painting the 13 stripes, laying out the blue union, and delicately filling the field of stars. Each flag then goes through a lengthy antiquing process to highlight the intricacies of the wood until it is finally finished with polyurethane to protect it for many years to come.
We are privileged to work with America's best. Our artists aren't just veterans, they are all combat veterans...many service disabled. Producing this beautiful product is more than a job. For some, it has even become a purpose and a therapeutic transition.
Visit the Flags of Valor website HERE
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